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NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis The June 25-28 conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists inspired the writers who attended. Following are columns and stories about the 39th annual NSNC conference as well as riffs and rants it spawned. The list is not complete so it will be updated as other columns are published. Please…

‘I Am Not a Columnist’ – Mary Schmich

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By Mary Schmich Copyright © 2015 Mary Schmich When I arrived at the Chicago Tribune in 1985 to work in the features department, the features editor sat me down and asked me how I envisioned my newspaper future. “I’d like to write a column,” I chirped. She snorted. “Yeah,” she said, “you and everybody else.” And…

Loopy Lede Lassos Mystic Tie

New Jersey-based writer Dave Astor displays the Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award he won June 27, 2015, in Indianapolis at the 39th annual conferenced of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Photo by Cathy Turney.

Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award 2014 INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2015 — Dave Astor, a New Jersey-based writer, employed a bit of magic realism to take home the 2015 Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award for his creation of the top of a story from a farcical premise. The set-up, by longtime NSNC member Bill Tammeus, was…

Trump Suits Up as Columnists’ Fowl

Sitting Duck 2015 INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2015 — In the first-in-the-nation Indiana straw-man caucus, Donald Trump swept all other candidates for the Sitting Duck Award of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The award is given each year to a subject or person, about which or whom columnists can easily grab, much as low-hanging fruit,…

2015 Column Contest Winners Announced in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2015 — Winners in the 2015 annual column contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists were announced tonight at the awards banquet of its 39th annual conference, held at The Alexander hotel. Each contestant submitted three columns or blog posts that were published in calendar year 2014. First place in each…

Hot-Button Pushers for Columnists

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists There are aspects aplenty to controversy. When tackling fifty shades of truth, being “gray” doesn’t grow a readership. Yet life is never black and white. Family. Politics. Feminism. Race. Religion. How best to take a decisive stand on polarizing topics? It’s…